Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Pietenpol Air Camper, N899DA: Accident occurred August 10, 2019 near Newark–Heath Airport (KVTA), Licking County, Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 
  
https://registry.faa.gov/N899DA


Location: Newark, OH
Accident Number: CEN19LA262
Date & Time: 08/10/2019, 0930 EDT
Registration: N899DA
Aircraft: PIETENPOL AIRCAMPER
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 10, 2019, about 930 eastern daylight time, an amateur-built Pietenpol Aircamper airplane, N899DA, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after takeoff from Newark-Heath Airport (KVTA) Newark, Ohio. The private pilot sustained minor injury. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident, shortly after takeoff, the engine lost power and a witness observed the airplane "nose dive" into an adjacent bean field. Both wings separated during the impact sequence and the airplane came to rest on its right side. The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIETENPOL
Registration: N899DA
Model/Series: AIRCAMPER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:Yes 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVTA
Observation Time: 0854 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Newark, OH (VTA)
Destination: Newark, OH (VTA) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.024722, -82.461944 (est)



The pilot of a homemade plane that crashed in Heath suffered minor injuries and has been taken to Licking Memorial Hospital, according to the Licking County Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred at about 9 a.m. Saturday when the plane took a nosedive just after takeoff at 530 Heath Road, according to law enforcement officials at the scene.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane, officials said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Story and video ➤ https://www.nbc4i.com



Two small planes crashed in two different Ohio cities this weekend.

A man flying a homemade plane out of the Newark-Heath Airport crashed around 9:15 a.m. Saturday. The man was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital with minor cuts on his head and hands, but he was released later in the day, said Sgt. Travis Woodyard of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


The plane traveled less than a half a mile before crashing, due to a combination of pilot error and improper equipment, Woodyard said. The engine and propeller combination was not sufficient to get the plane airborne. The pilot should have recognized that his engine RPMs and speed were too low and should have shut the plane down before taking off, Woodyard said.


“It was an experimental plane that he built,” Woodyard said. “This was the first test flight for this plane.”


The plane had been inspected by the Federal Aviation Administration in June, he added.


A second small plane crash occurred at 7:37 a.m. Sunday in New Carlisle. All three people on the plane were transported to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Lt. Jimmy Carpenter of the Bethel Township Fire Department.


The plane, a 1958 Cessna 172, crashed near a greenhouse, Studebaker Nurseries, shortly after taking off from the Andy Barnhart Memorial Airport. The plane, which was headed somewhere in Pennsylvania, crashed because the engine stalled, Carpenter said.


Because of the fuel spilling from the plane, Bethel Township Fire Department worked with the New Carlisle Fire Division and Springfield Hazmat team to stop the fuel leakage.


The fuel leakage has been contained and remains of the plane have been removed from the crash site, Carpenter said.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.dispatch.com

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The plane traveled less than a half a mile before crashing, due to a combination of pilot error and improper equipment, Woodyard said. The engine and propeller combination was not sufficient to get the plane airborne. The pilot should have recognized that his engine RPMs and speed were too low and should have shut the plane down before taking off, Woodyard said."

Interesting that the Highway Patrol has already determined the cause of the crash.

Anonymous said...

So I'm curious what Woodyard may have deemed improper equipment, that an FAA DAR allowed in issuance of a special airworthiness certificate? Maybe malfunctioning instead of improper equipment?

Jim said...

I'll bet he did well on the aviation section of the highway patrol sergeants exam.